About Campus Safety

About Campus Safety

CiAM is committed to providing a respectful, professional, and safe learning environment. While we can promise a committed effort to ensure safety, we are unable to promise total isolation from crime. Therefore, it is important for each member of our community to take responsibility for their own safety.

The key to preventing crime is awareness. This site will be an essential tool for sharing plans and providing relevant information in case an emergency arises at CiAM, the Alhambra Campuses, or the surrounding areas.

Quick Links:

COVID-19 Resource Center

CIAM's Emergency Notification SystemAnnual Safety and Security Report*

Campus Security Authority Incident Report FormActive Shooter Response Procedure

Emergency Evacuation Plan and Campus Refuge Area Map

*Includes Clery Act Disclosures of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics.


CIAM alerts

The primary means for notifying the CIAM community of an emergency situation is through CIAM alerts. CIAM Alerts enables the School to communicate with students, faculty, and staff through a variety of methods including:

  • Text messages (SMS) to mobile devices
  • Voice calls to mobile phones and off-campus phone numbers
  • Email messages to CIAM and non-CIAM email addresses
  • Posts to social media such as Twitter and Facebook

During an urgent emergency situation, the CIAM alert system will be used to send a message with information and/or instructions concerning the emergency situation.

The following people have the authority to issue or authorize a CIAM Alert: President, Vice President, Dean, Title IX Coordinator.

Emergency Notifications

When the School has determined that an emergency situation exists, the School will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The VP is responsible for issuing mass notification messages at the request of persons authorized to initiate such notices.

The VP works with the Title IX Coordinator and Registrar to ensure proper procedures are in place in case of emergency notification. Students, faculty & staff members are required to provide CIAM with their updates cell phone information for this purpose. CIAM will use the personal email of each student, faculty and staff member as well as their assigned .edu email for any notifications. The Emergency Communications Team consists of the following members: VP, Title IX Coordinator, Registrar.

The School utilizes three (3) means of community notification, dependent upon the nature of the situation and as decided by members of the Emergency Communications Team; Timely Warnings, Emergency Notifications and CIAM Alerts.

Timely Warnings

The School’s Timely Warning system is provided to give students, faculty, and staff timely notification of crimes which present an ongoing threat to the community and to heighten safety awareness/updates. The Timely Warning also seeks information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of an offender.

Timely warnings are issued as soon as all relevant information is gathered. Warnings are distributed to all students, faculty and staff members via email.

CIAM will prepare a Timely Warning whenever a report is received of a violent crime against a person or a particularly threatening crime against property that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students, faculty or staff. Timely Warnings are numbered by date and provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect(s) if known, information on who to contact about the investigation and crime prevention tips.

Whenever the El Monte Police Department has a news release about an off-campus crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students, faculty and staff, the School will publicize the information via electronic means.

Information included in Timely Warnings will be:

  • Date and time the Timely Warning is released.
  • A concise statement of the incident.
  • Possible connection to previous incidents, if applicable.
  • Physical description of suspect(s).
  • Safety Tips.

Web Communications

All types of notifications will utilize the website. A respective alert header, providing a brief description of the timely warning, emergency notification or CIAM alert, may be triggered to appear at the top of each page on the website. Additional information will be posted to the emergency webpage Campus Safety. The Emergency Communications Team has access to post updates to both of these locations. CIAM’s Graphic Designer may also be called upon as needed in an emergency situation to provide assistance with web-based communications.

Emergency Contact Information

It is the responsibility of each student, staff or faculty member to provide their most updated contact information to the Registrar.

Important Phone #s

In case of emergency please call 911

Alhambra Police Department (626) 570-5151
Fire Department (626) 570-5104
Hospital (626) 570-1606
Campus Security (626) 300-2211
Management Office (M-F, 9am-6pm) (626)-300-5000
CIAM Emergency Response Coordinators:  
Claudia Sarabia, claudia.sarabia@ciam.edu (626) 350-1500 ext. 112


Emergency Information

What to do:

In the event of a campus-wide emergency, visit www.ciam.edu for updates about current conditions. If you're a member of the CIAM community, make sure you receive immediate notification by providing your emergency contact information to our administration.

Emergency Response Plan

Health & Safety

More information:

Health and safety are core concerns at CIAM, and the School is committed to continued advancement of an institutional safety culture with strong emphasis of personal safety, accident and injury prevention, wellness promotion, and compliance with applicable environmental and health and safety laws and regulations.

Stress Management (PDF)

Suicide Prevention (PDF)

Security Reports

More Information:

CIAM records and maintains a public log of all crime activity reported. The most recent 60-day period is open to public inspection, upon request, during normal business hours.

Annual Safety and Security Report with Clery Act Disclosures of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics

Tips for Personal Safety

General Precautions For Personal Safety

There are no guarantees of personal safety in any environment. It is incumbent upon each individual to safeguard himself or herself against becoming the victim of a crime. One of the best ways to maximize your safety and minimize your risk is to follow some very simple security rules:

  • Walk with a friend whenever possible.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, no matter whether it is day or night.
  • Use well-lighted, well-traveled routes. Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas.
  • Walk with confidence. Show that you are aware and in control. Body language works.
  • Trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, get out or get away.
  • If you feel you are being followed, move to a well-lighted and populated area or building, such as a store or restaurant, and call for assistance.
  • Know where the emergency telephones are located on campus. (Click here for a campus map.)
  • If you are on campus after hours, stay alert.
    • Lock office or lab doors.
    • Call Security if you see or hear anything suspicious.
    • Tell a friend, colleague or Security where you are and when you plan to leave.
    • Arrange to meet a friend or request an escort from Security when you leave.
  • When you are out by car, park in well-lighted areas. Avoid parking in secluded parts of a parking lot. Stick to high traffic areas.
  • When out shopping, don't carry large bundles or packages. It distracts you from your surroundings and makes you a potential target for a thief.

Tips for Preventing ID Theft

Tips on Preventing ID Theft

There are a number of things you can do to minimize the chances that you will become a victim of identity theft.

  • Be very cautious about giving your personal or financial information to anyone.
  • Never provide personal identifying or financial information over the telephone when you did not initiate the call. This includes callers selling goods and services as well as charitable solicitors. Banks, credit card companies, telephone companies and other legitimate creditors do not call to "verify" account numbers or to ask for your social security number or other personal information.
  • Never provide personal identifying or financial information over the telephone to anyone claiming to represent a contest or sweepstakes promotion. It is illegal to market a foreign lottery in the United States. These calls are always fraudulent.
  • Never carry your social security card in your purse or wallet.
  • Never have your social security number printed on your checks, drivers' license or other financial documents. If a bank, health care provider or other entity uses your social security number for client or account identification, call or write that company and ask that a different identification number be issued.
  • Never respond to e-mail or "pop-up" messages on your computer claiming some problem with a credit card, Internet, or other account. Promptly contact your real credit card company or ISP to verify that there are no problems with your account.
  • Purchase a simple "cross-cut" shredder (the kind that creates confetti, not the long strips) and get in the habit of shredding all personal or financial documents you intend to discard before placing them in the trash. Shred copies of bills and invoices after you have paid them, bank statements (including your cancelled checks), investment or retirement account statements, pre-approved credit card or loan applications (especially those that come with a negotiable check attached), medical statements of any kind, and any other documents that contain information about you or your finances.
  • Place password protection on all credit card accounts that allow it. Do not use common numbers or personal information (like birth dates or part of your social security number) or commonly chosen words (such as a child's, spouse's, or pet's name) for passwords.
  • Control access to your credit history. Remove your name from mailing lists for pre-approved lines of credit. You will need to provide your social security number to verify that you are making the request, but this is a legitimate use of such information.
  • Be careful with your incoming and outgoing mail. If you don't have a secure, locked mailbox, mail your bills from a curbside public mailbox or directly at your local post office. Never leave outgoing mail in an unsecured mailbox overnight. If you are planning on being away from home on vacation, arrange with your post office to hold your mail.
  • Arrange to pick up new checks at your bank. Never have boxes of new checks delivered to your home (they do not fit in many mail slots so your postal carrier may leave them on your doorstep).
  • Take all credit card or ATM receipts with you after you pay for goods or services. Do not just leave them behind or throw them away in the nearest trashcan. Destroy them in your cross-cut shredder when you get home.
  • Write to your bank, insurance company and other financial institutions you do business with and tell them not to share your customer information with unaffiliated third parties. Under federal law, they are required to honor this request.
  • Federal, State and City agencies do not solicit information over the telephone; do not volunteer any information about your financial, business or personal life.

Social Security Numbers

Your social security number ("SSN") is the most frequently used personal identifier and record keeping number in America. Because of that, it is also highly sought after by identity thieves looking to steal from your existing bank and credit card accounts or to establish new credit in your name. Consumers are constantly being asked to provide their SSN when cashing checks, opening new accounts, and for other purposes. Here is some basic information on who can require your SSN.

Who can require my SSN?

Many people assume that they are required to give their SSN whenever and by whoever asked. That is not true. Here is who may require your SSN:

  • Government tax and welfare agencies, including the IRS, other federal agencies (for health benefits and other entitlements), state/local tax or revenue agencies
  • State professional/occupational/recreational licensing agencies
  • Other governmental agencies -- under federal law, they must tell you why your SSN is needed, whether giving your SSN is mandatory or voluntary, and how your SSN is to be used
  • Employer - You employer can require it for wage/tax purposes, but NOT from a job applicant
  • Banks and securities brokerages -- under the USA Patriot Act, 31 U.S.C. ยง 5318, financial institutions are required to establish minimum standards for properly identifying their customers opening new accounts (include checking, savings, loans, safe deposit boxes, and/or investments). Under federal regulations adopted in May 2003, banks, savings associations, credit unions, securities broker-dealers, futures commissions merchants, and mutual funds were required to have Customer Identification Programs ("CIPs") in place by October 1, 2003.

Safety & Violence Prevention

If you are a victim of a crime

If you have been sexually assaulted, you are encouraged to seek immediate medical, psychological, and support services provided by campus and/or community resources. If emergency response is required, call 911 or the El Monte Police Department at (626) 744-4241.

A student, faculty, or staff member who feels that he or she has been harassed should review the procedures listed here.

Resources for Safety and Violence Prevention

Below are a number of resources on safety and violence prevention. Please be aware that these links will take you off of the CIAM website.